September 2017 – Update from the NRB MLC

Dear Friends:

We pray you are safe and well, especially those of you who are in a hurricane-ravaged region!

GMR Proposes Rates: As we have previously communicated, commercial NRBMLC has been in talks with Global Music Rights (“GMR”) for several months. GMR first approached us in late 2016. Last week, GMR presented a rate proposal.

Background: GMR is a new PRO which has established a position of strength in several genres – rock, pop and urban – that receive large amounts of radio play. Following initial discussions with GMR, your committee determined that it would be prudent to engage GMR in formal negotiations.

We shared with GMR the list of 316 stations we were authorized to represent. Following an analysis of the listed stations’ music usage, GMR made a confidential rate proposal to NRBMLC, which we are considering.

Suffice it to say, we believe the majority of NRBMLC stations do not knowingly perform GMR music. However, in the dynamic environment of playlist creation, it is difficult to avoid some inadvertent GMR- licensed music. That is why your committee has strongly urged careful screening of all music you play (GMR writers like Luke Laird, Ryan Tedder and Paul Overstreet co-write some Christian music).

GMR claims it found significant usage of its music on NRBMLC stations, but has not shared particulars as to which stations, what music or how frequent. We will insist on this.

We see numerous hurdles standing in the way of a final GMR/NRBMLC license. We’ll keep you informed.

Noncommercial Fund-Raising Drive Begins: In light of the relatively brief period until the next web proceeding (“WEB V” beginning in 2019), NRBNMLC members should expect to receive urgent letters for help in funding a “war-chest” for WEB V. Following an unfortunate WEB IV result, the future of noncom radio on the web demands a good result in WEB V. The facts: NRBNMLC cannot continue to operate – let alone finance another CRB rate trial like we did 2014-15 – unless noncom stations respond actively!

Meanwhile, the continuing generosity of our faithful supporters is never taken for granted!


Russ Hauth
Executive Director

4880 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo, CA 93012
(805) 482-7290 •

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